Katie + Luke

Over Thanksgiving break (which was ages ago, I know) I was lucky enough to be able to get together with Luke and Katie to shoot their engagement photographs. I have been friends with Luke and Katie since 10th grade or so, and they have been dating for just about as long. These two are some of my favorite people, and so I was ecstatic when they asked if I would photograph them. We decided that our hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota would be the best location for our shoot, since it was where we did our growing up and where their relationship got its start. They are two of the most laid-back, easy-going people I know, and were complete naturals in front of the camera. I rarely had to direct them, and we spent the entire session laughing despite the bitter cold of the evening. We ended the session in a local coffee shop to warm up and thaw our fingers, though at that point we were mostly just catching up and laughing about the old days.

So, without further ado, meet the wonderful Luke and Katie!

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74/365 – Sister

*I stayed at my sister’s house last night, and their internet is a bit rough and couldn’t handle my photographs being uploaded, so I am a day late on this.

Tonight I drove to Minneapolis to hang out with me sister, and after eating some dinner we went to watch the Twin Cities River Rats. The River Rats are a group of water skiers that compete in shows and have tons of crazy tricks and routines. During the summer they put a show on every Thursday night right on the Mississippi RIver in Minneapolis. Tons of people come out with their lawn chairs and blankets, and they have an announcer that explains the tricks and tells stories of the team. It was such an amazing time; it is a must see for anyone that lives in the Twin Cities.

My sister has been bugging me (jokingly) about being in my 365 for quite a while. So tonight while we were walking back I saw the bridge behind her head and thought it would be a good opportunity. So, to my wonderful sister, congratulations on making my 365!

360/365 – Adventures

Today I went on an adventure with my friend Manuel to try to find this spot he knew of that he thought I would like to take pictures of. We failed trying to find it, but had such a great time anyways. We turned down some random road at one point, and crossed a bridge and I barely caught this out of the corner of my eye and nearly slammed on the brakes so I could get out and get some pictures. It doesn’t look like much in the picture really, but it sure was pretty when we were there.

And I sat and looked at it when I was editing, trying to figure out something cool and different to do with it, but couldn’t come up with anything. So, other than some slight tones and contrast it is pretty much straight out of the camera.

Only 5 more days. How did this happen?

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259/365 – Vanish high.

Finally something other than things around my house! My friend Mitch saved me from such a photo tonight by inviting me on an adventure to the high bridge just outside of Lexington. And man was it an adventure. I hate heights, I get very freaked out by them. And here we were, walking down an old railroad bridge (that we weren’t sure if it was still in use or safe to walk on), that used to be the highest in the country. I was shaking as we walked. Of course I was distracted by the MILLIONS of spider webs that I had to walk through. I had them all trailing off of me because I couldn’t get them off. It looked like I had streamers.

More to come at some point I am sure.

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